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Education and research sectors have until July 31st to decide on future access to learning materials

London, June 9th, 2008: The UK Access Management Federation has reported rapid growth as the deadline approaches for the further education (FE) and higher education (HE) sectors and the publishing industry to decide on future access to learning materials. Education institutions and publishers have until July 31st to join the Federation. Joining the Federation offers members the option to transition to new open standard access management systems that are SAML compliant, such as Shibboleth.

Membership of the Access Management Federation now exceeds 380, with organisations including the BBC, Microsoft, The Royal College of Surgeons of England and Thomson Scientific having joined.

The Federation is operated by JANET (UK) on behalf of JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and Becta and brings the entire UK education and research sector a step closer to achieving single sign-on to network and online resources.

In the past two months, membership of the Access Management Federation has risen dramatically as educational institutions and service providers move to take advantage of the numerous benefits of joining, including easier compliance with regulatory requirements, improved service to users, reduced support requirements and improved data security.

According to Mark Williams, access management outreach coordinator with JISC, “We are pleased that so many universities, colleges and service providers have elected to join the Access Management Federation. To date, over 80 per cent of higher and 33 per cent of further education institutions have joined.

“It is important those yet to become members are aware they have until July 31st to do so or risk losing external access to JISC collections.”

Joining the Access Management Federation is a simple process that can result in significant cost savings related to access management.

About JISC

The Joint Information Systems Committee’s activities support education and research by promoting innovation in new technologies and by the central support of ICT services.

JISC provides:

• A world-class network - JANET
• Access to electronic resources
• New environments for learning, teaching and research
• Guidance on institutional change
• Advisory and consultancy services
• Regional support for FE colleges - RSCs

JISC develops partnerships to enable the UK education and research communities to engage in national and global collaborations to overcome the challenges of delivering world-class ICT solutions and services.

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